Thursday, February 11, 2010

New and Improved

It’s getting to close to one of the most dreaded days of the year…Valentine’s Day. Now, I am not a cynic, but even I cringe at all the saccharine sweet messages of love and affection this time of year. Eww, gross. That being said, the only thing that ever really redeemed the holiday in my eyes was the candy, specifically Necco Conversation Hearts. For as long as I can remember I have bought myself a great big ole’ bag of hearts, popped in a romantic comedy, and set about purposely picking out the white ones. Yummy. This year, like every other before it, I took myself down to the local Walgreens and sought out my familiar little candy tradition. Somewhere between the heart shaped Mylar and the Easter bunnies (which are a whole other issue) I found my beloved candy in a new and updated package. Ooooo, pretty. I made my purchase and took myself home. I didn’t immediately eat my treasure, no, with traditions, timing is everything. I waited until E’s nap, popped in a movie, setteled on the couch, and opened my candy. I was, to say the least, unpleasantly surprised. What the fart were these? These weren’t conversation hearts! These tasted like, well, grape flavored pooh! Obviously I must have grabbed a bag of those horrible smoothie flavored hearts.

After a little investigation I discovered that it wasn’t buyer’s error that had led me to this bag full of fruit flavored feces, no, this was the “New and Improved” conversation heart. I scoured the internet to comfort myself with the knowledge that I was not the only one disgusted. Sure enough, there are many faithful Sweetheart connoisseurs out there who are land blasting Necco for fiddling with a good thing. Necco however has said that this update was done after marketing research indicated this is what consumers wanted. In other words, somebody told them to.

Necco isn’t the first one to listen, and be lead in to, being something other then what they are. Anybody remember New Coke? How about Pepsi Clear? It isn’t the first time someone has tried to improve on something that was good just the way it was. As a matter of a fact we don’t even have to look to corporate America to see someone messing with what is good enough all because they want to make more people happy. Anyone remember high school?

Somehow human nature is inclined not to leave good enough alone. A lot of us look at ourselves and we see something that could be improved upon. If only my hips weren’t so big. My teeth are crooked, aren’t they? Should my eyes be this close together? Blondes have more fun; I should dye my hair. On and on it goes. Too often our attempts to improve upon what God has made perfect end up like grape flavored pooh. The fact of the matter is, we just don’t see the truth, or if we see it, we’re ignoring it. We are made in the image of God. We are just the way he intended us. Those giant hips, crooked teeth, and beady little eyes are all in the image of a loving father who made you just the way you should be. You aren’t something that needs to be “New and Improved”; you’ve already been purchased just the way you are. That’s good to know isn’t it?

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